Rather than buy expensive pastries in shops that are made with factory-farmed ingredients and wrapped with plastic, here are some nice zero cholesterol wicked plant-based treats, from Danish pastries and cinnamon rolls, to chocolate eclairs! As most vegan creams in shops contain palm oil, make your own vegan cream. Also make your own palm-oil-free pastry and keep fresh dough and chocolate away from pets (and xylitol if used, just a few dropped crumbs can be lethal).
Vegan Sweet Rolls with Strawberry Filling (Plantiful Bakery) are made with flour and sugar and yeast, sea salt, palm-oil-free vegan butter and plant milk. The filling uses fresh or frozen strawberries, with strawberry jam, and vegan powdered sugar to finish.
Vegan Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls (Nourish) are made with fresh dough that is kneaded and then set aside, then mix in the blueberry mix, leaving a bit for glaze. Shape into scrolls and then bake until golden brown, drizzled with the glaze. Best immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days, or in the freeze for up to a month.
Raspberry Rolls with Vanilla Glaze (Crumbs & Caramel) are the ideal teatime treat. Make with yeast, the sweet dough is made from scratch, then rolled to accommodate the fruity filling. The raspberry filling is made with preserves, frozen berries, lemon and palm-oil-free vegan butter. The smooth vanilla frosting is just the ticket ot slather on the warm buns. This recipe uses vegan cream cheese, so find one that’s free from palm oil and of good quality, as it will affect the taste. The cream cheese is then coloured and flavoured with freeze-dried strawberry powder.
Vegan Profiteroles and Eclairs
Profiteroles did not originate in France, but from the wife of a French king who brought them with her, from Tuscany in Italy. This post also includes recipes for cream puffs (not frozen) and eclairs (different shape). The word profiterole is thought to mean ‘baked under the ashes’.
Vegan Doughnut Profiteroles (Avant Garde Vegan) is a recipe by talented Welsh chef Gaz Oakley. These are made with choux pastry (a light dough that is often used to make the outer content of cream-filled French cakes.
Make Your Own (vegan) Sticky Buns
Sticky buns (also known as cinnamon rolls) are sold at most bakeries and supermarkets, but often with inferior ingredients, and packed in plastic. Usually made from leavened dough, they include ‘sticky’ ingredients like maple syrup and sometimes nuts. Created by German settlers in Pennsylvania (the Amish?), other versions are chelsea buns (with raisins), monkey bread, iced fingers (Suma is a good brand of eggless icing) and Semla (Swedish cream buns, often eaten at Easter). Try this Vegan Cinnamon Roll Cake (Rainbow Plant Life).
For these recipes, use palm-oil-free vegan butter if used. Keep fresh dough (can expand in the stomach) and toxic ingredients (like chocolate, nutmeg) away from pets.
Vegan Sticky Bun Recipes
Vegan Sticky Cinnamon Buns (Rainbow Nourishments) are buttery and soft, and easy to make with everyday ingredients. They feature a maple sticky glaze.
Also try Anthea’s sourdough cinnamon rolls.
Jam Donut Cinnamon Rolls (Rainbow Nourishments) is another lovely recipe by this talented baker. These are again made with everyday ingredients, and contain a raspberry jam filling.
Vegan Orange Cinnamon Rolls (Short Girl, Tall Order) are made with a sweet orange dough and a thick cinnamon sugar centre, topped with orange glaze. Ideal the next day.
Vegan Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls (Short Girl, Tall Order) are easy to make with instant sourdough yeast, to avoid making your own starter.
Vegan Cranberry Orange Sticky Buns (Short Girl, Tall Order) is a real traditional bun, made with yeast. These are great to use up leftover cranberry sauce at holiday time.
Vegan Carrot Cake Sticky Buns (Short Girl, Tall Order) are ooey-gooey! They use fresh carrots and yeast for fluffy buns topped with pecans and maple syrup.
Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls (Rainbow Nourishments) are easy to make with common pantry ingredients. They feature a touch of cinnamon and a colourful purple glaze.
Vegan Semla Recipes
Vegan Semla (Lazy Cat Kitchen) are made with almond milk and cashew cream, and flavoured with cardamom. If you can’t be bothered to make the cashew cream, you can just whizz up a homemade cream from chilled cans of coconut milk (recipe included).
Swedish Semlor with Almond Paste (The Nordic Kitchen) are made with oat milk. Check out the blogger’s baking book The Nordic Baker. Other recipes include thumbprint cookies, kladdkaka & rhubarb galette, raspberry & cardamom cupcakes, lingonberry roll cake, pear tart, gingerbread bundt cake, saffron buns and Midsommar cake.
Bake Your Own (vegan) Pies & Tarts
To bake your own pies and tarts is sure to become a much-loved hobby, once you know how. Then you can enjoy all manner of sweet treats with homemade pastry (no palm oil) and lots of fruity fillings.
Vegan Cherry Pie (Addicted to Dates) is a lovely American traditional pie, top with vegan vanilla ice-cream. Made with a flaky pie crust, an ideal way to use up a glut of fruit.
Keep fresh pastry/bread dough away from pets, as it can expand in the stomach. Keep these pies away from pets, due to toxic ingredients like stone and dried fruits, spices, nutmeg, chocolate and nuts. Also never sweeten foods with xylitol near pets, as even a few dropped crumbs could be lethal.
Vegan Apple Pie Bars (Short Girl, Tall Order) are American classics, in portable form. The thick shortbread-like dough is topped with cinnamon sugar apples, and homemade streusel.
This recipe for a spiced vegan apple pie (The Veg Space) uses palm-oil-free butter for the homemade pastry, and contains cinnamon, sultanas and a mix of cooking and eating apples. Serve with vegan ice cream or vegan custard.
Humble Apple Pie (So Vegan) is a nice classic recipe for everyone’s favourite pudding. Popular across Europe and North America, feel free to add warming spices like cloves. Serve this apple pie with vegan custard, cream or ice-cream. This recipe uses shortcrust pastry for a crumbly texture. Always choose organic apples, as most conventional apples sold in stores are coated in shellac (made from dead insects) to make them shiny. Some towns have community orchards, where you can pick organic apples for free, or visit your local farm shop for better choice of seasonal apples, which will taste nicer with no food miles, and cost less too.
Key Lime Tart (Addicted to Dates) is bursting with fresh lime, ginger and coconut. It’s easy to make – needs no baking and has just 8 ingredients.
This upside down cake with plums (Rainbow Plant Life) is a great way to use up a glut of seasonal fruits. Made with wholesome flours and spices. It’s sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar. The liquid base is olive oil and plant milk. Canned pumpkin puree replaces the eggs in this recipe. You can find it in most stores these days. If not, you can make your own. Pumpkins are pretty easy on the stomach, so this is the perfect dessert for delicate tummies! You could of course swap out the plums for other seasonal fruits, if wished.
Vegan Strawberry Mousse Pie (Crowded Kitchen) is a slightly tart crunchy bar, that is ideal for summer. You can also slice this up, to make portable bars.
Also try this Peanut Butter Mousse Pie (Crowded Kitchen). Use an organic peanut butter, to avoid palm oil.
Nut-Free Vegan Chocolate Tart (Addicted to Dates) is a vegan pie that is not too rich, but full of intense chocolate taste all the same, with a beautiful ganache, ideal for a celebration.
Forest Fruits Chocolate Tart (Addicted to Dates) takes the cherry pie in a different direction, with this recipe by a talented Irish baker. Here the baked chocolate crust is topped with a sweet cherry raspberry jelly and creamy chocolate ganache.
These Easy Homemade Jam Tarts (Rainbow Nourishments) are ready in less than an hour, using storebought or homemade jam. This recipe is plant-based and uses palm-oil-free vegan butter for the shortcrust pastry.
Lemon meringue pie is one of the world’s most popular desserts. It consists of a shortcrust pastry base, topped with a tangy lemon curd, then a vegan meringue (usually blowtorched, or just grill for a few seconds, if you’re nervous!) Here are some nice plant-based alternatives, most use aquafaba (a vegan meringue made by whizzing up the canned liquid of chickpeas with a little sugar). Make your own palm-oil-free pastry for this recipe. Keep fresh dough away from pets. Try this Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie (Addicted to Dates)
Most of these recipes use aquafaba (a vegan meringue made by whizzing up the leftover liquid from canned chickpeas, with a little sugar). This recent discovery has led to many dishes being ‘veganized’. Ensure you roll the lemons between your hands before peeling, to yield more juice!
Vegan Meringue Raspberry Tarts (Lazy Cat Kitchen) offers a refreshing unique take on the traditional. Raspberries make this dish more of a local food dessert too, if lemons don’t grow local to you.
Vegan Apricot Meringue Pie (Quite Good Food) takes the dessert to another level, with a creamy apricot cashew centre, under the soft topping.
Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie (Lazy Cat Kitchen) uses a homemade curd and pastry, the key to success is accurate measurements for this recipe.
Banoffee Pie is often the favourite dessert of many. Invented in a Sussex restaurant in England, it’s a mix of banana and toffee, served with condensed milk in pastry and usually served with cream. Make your own palm-oil-free pastry for these recipes.
Vegan Banoffee Cheesecake (Addicted to Dates) combines the popular flavours of banana and toffee in one delicious vegan treat. This creamy cheesecake has layers of caramelized banana and salted caramel, on a no-bake biscuit crust. It’s topped with whipped coconut cream.
The dessert is very popular in England, although it is allegedly adapted from an American dessert called ‘Blum’s Coffee Toffee’ Pie that was invented in a San Francisco bakery. This cake did not include banana. Today the dessert has more of a biscuit base to avoid going soggy, and can be served with vegan cream, also sometimes flavoured with coffee. Aerosol cream is banned!
Bananas are obviously not local for most people, so try to buy Fair Trade and organic. Many organic bananas in supermarkets are wrapped in plastic to avoid cross-contamination. So try to find them in organic farm shops, where they will be both organic and Fair Trade, and more likely to be imported by sea, rather than air.
More Vegan Banoffee Pie Recipes
This vegan banoffee pie recipe is just one from the wonderful recipe book Vegan Dessert Cookbook. Other recipes include Cinnamon-Pecan Swirls, Rainbow Sherbet and Black Forest Cake.
Vegan Banoffee Pie (The Veg Space) is a classic recipe by a professionally trained chef. The pecan biscuit base is topped with rich vegan toffee and fresh bananas, and served with vegan whipped cream.
Vegan Banoffee Millionaire’s Shortbread (Addicted to Dates) is made with gluten-free shortbread, sliced banana, peanut butter caramel and chocolate.
5 Ingredient Vegan Banoffee Pie (The Happy Pear) is a simple recipe that uses wholesome ingredients to recreate the classic recipe, developed in a Sussex restaurant in England. A classic combination of banana and toffee, it’s topped with a coconut cream and sweetened with dates.
Vegan Banoffee Pie (So Vegan) is made with full-fat coconut milk and vegan biscuits, sweetened with dates and topped with grated chocolate and vegan icing sugar. Also try Chocolate Hazelnut Banoffee Pie which fills the base with coconut toffee caramel, before adding sliced banana and thick cream.
This Banoffee Ice Cream Made Vegan (Addicted to Dates) is based on the popular banana toffee pie recipe from Sussex in England. This recipe caramelises the bananas to make a sweet toasty ice-cream, and smothers with salted caramel drizzle.
Where to Buy Vegan Banoffee Pie
Vegan Banoffee Chocolate Fudge is made with 70% raw dark chocolate and coconut milk, sweetened with coconut blossom sugar, with a little lemon juice to offset the sweetness. Containing organic banana powder, recycle packaging with household waste or at supermarket bag recycling bins.
A Box of American Vegan Donuts
Although donuts are American (or doughnuts in England), they are very popular in shops and fast food restaurants (and at fairgrounds!) Here are some recipes to make your own, or buy baked plant-based versions.
Keep these donuts (and fresh dough) away from furry friends, they contain chocolate and other pet-toxic ingredients like nuts. Never use xylitol near pets – even a dropped crumb could cause a medical emergency.
Lemon Lavender Doughnuts (Short Girl, Tall Order) use a homemade sugar, and top with a zesty lemon glaze. So pretty!
Apple Spice Baked Donuts (Rainbow Plant Life) make a nice autumn or winter treat. They are baked in the oven, and topped with a maple cardamom glaze.
Vegan Gingerbread Donuts (Rainbow Nourishments) make a nice Christmas or winter treat. They are baked and free from refined sugar, topped with a cinnamon sugar or thick maple icing.
Baked Apple Cider Donuts (Crowded Kitchen) are light and fluffy, with a crunchy topping of cinnamon sugar. Easy to make with a gluten-free option, these are nice for autumn.
Chocolate Glazed Donuts (Rainbow Plant Life) are the indulgent option. Topped with a simple 2-ingredient chocolate coconut glaze.
Traditional Jammy Doughnuts
Baked Jammy Doughnuts (So Vegan) are bound with a chia egg. You can use raspberry jam, or swap it up with different flavoured jams.
Where to Buy Vegan Donuts
Nummy is a company that makes yummy vegan donuts from premium natural ingredients. Handmade from scratch in a branded eco letterbox gift, receive 6 donuts in one box, and they will keep in the fridge for a few days. No palm oil. Choose from:
- Coconut with white chocolate glaze, toasted coconut chips and blue cornflower petals
- Raspberry and white chocolate donuts, with pretty pink hue, sprinkled with freezer-dried raspberries
- Pink donuts are covered in dark and white chocolate, and sprinkled with rose petals and raspberries
- Pastel Pink Donuts covered with white chocolate, sweetened with maple syrup and naturally coloured with beetroot powder, sprinkled with pink dried rose petals
- Chocolate Orange Donuts have a subtle orange date with smooth chocolate glaze, sprinkled with calendula petals and a slice of orange.
Ruby’s of London Vegan Donuts
Ruby’s of London luxury donuts are made by hand by an artisan baker, and delivered city-wide. Ideal for special occasions, choose from a range of flavours and boxes. Here
A Book of Vegan Donut Recipes
The Vegan Baked Donut Cookbook offers recipes to delight your tatebuds, with baked versions of cake and yeasted donuts in many flavours and styles – including glazed, sugared, stuffed and even savoury. Healthier ingredients are used to avoid refined sugar (never use xylitol near pets – even a dropped crumb could cause a medical emergency) and adapt recipes to address concerns like avoiding gluten or nuts. The recipes can be made in standard or mini donut pans, or adapted for use with a mini donut machine. Recipes include:
- Cherry Glazed Donuts
- Chai Latte Donuts
- Gingerbread Donuts
- London Fog Donuts
Bakewell Tart is a popular dessert in England. It’s made with raspberries and flaked almonds, in shortcrust pastry. Make your own palm-oil-free pastry and keep fresh dough away from pets. Try this recipe from Lazy Cat Kitchen.
It’s reported that the tart was invented in a pub in the town of Derbyshire, although others say the dates don’t match. However, what is believed is that a chef mixed up instructions and instead of putting the almond paste into the batter, put the almonds on top, and a new dessert was born. Today most add flaked almonds on top and sometimes add powdered sugar (a good brand is Suma, find it in health stores).
More Vegan Bakewell Tart Recipes
Easy 5-Ingredient Bakewell Squares (The Happy Pear) assumes you have vegetable oil in the cupboard, so it’s really a 6-ingredient recipe!
Vegan Cherry Bakewell Blondies (So Vegan) replicate a traditional dish from a Derbyshire town made with raspberries and almonds. Blondies are like brownies, but with less chocolate. These are made with palm-oil-free vegan butter and plant milk, with sugar, almonds and almond butter. Top with raspberry or cherry jam, almond flakes, fresh fruits and vegan powdered sugar. Serve alone or with vegan cream or ice-cream.
Raspberry Bakewell Smoothie (Wallflower Kitchen) is a very simple mix of raspberries and plant milk, with almond extract and ground almonds. Sweetened with maple syrup or medjool dates, top with flaked almonds.
These Vegan Bakewell Flapjacks are from Katy Beskow’s amazing simple cookbook Easy Vegan Bible.
Vegan Cherry Bakewell Ice Cream (Wallflower Kitchen) is an ideal simple alternative to making your own pastry.
Plant-Based Cherry Bakewell Tart (Avant Garde Vegan) uses a homemade sweet frangipane, which is chilled and then added to the pastry, alongside cherry jam and flaked almonds. Dust with optional icing sugar (Suma is an eggless brand).
Cherry Bakewell Tarts (The Veg Space) are made with fresh cherries and a homemade sweet frangipane sponge, and a shortcrust pastry base.
Cranberry Vegan Frangipane Tart (Lazy cat Kitchen) uses the popular North American berry for a tangy twist. You could use lingonberries if you live in Scandinavia. Also try the blogger’s Vegan Cherry Bakewell Tartlets.